91 Insider Points
Classic Bordeaux with a little something extra, the Cuvee Tradition is a great example of the soft and complex wines coming out of the Blaye. Smooth tannin and a refined palate make for a truly great value in this tasty wine from Tour Saint Germain, with plenty of rich fruit and spice character developing as the wine opens. Red cherry, plum, cassis and graphite, with a full spice cabinet supporting on the bone dry finish. Enjoy now through 2025. - DZ July 2016
The Côtes de Blaye Bordeaux appellation is perched on a rocky ridge in the Gironde River’s estuary. Blaye lies in the middle of the largest area of the Right Bank. The vineyards are located on the hillside, benefitting from the mild, warm winds that grace the region year round. And while the soil of this region varies greatly depending on the vineyard, all of them have the right formula for growing amazing Merlot.
The 2012 Château Tour Saint Germain Bordeaux starts out with a smoke and earth driven nose that gives in to ripening black, sweet cherries. Because this wine is aged in 80% French oak and 20% American oak, there are lovely spice notes and well integrated tannins that provide a supple and round mouthfeel. A finish of tart cranberry adds balanced acidity that makes for a wine that can hold its own in the cellar for years to come.
Inside Fact: "Ville de Bordeaux" is a boat that takes the Bordelais and tourists on river trips from the city to the vineyards. Since 1990, the boat has been decorated with the figure of Bacchus the God of Wine.
The result is a rich wine with dark berry fruit and kisses of oak; silky, floral, and earthy from the Merlot; deeply colored with black fruits from the Cot.
Coming from a family of winemakers since 1800, Deny Noël and his son Cyril cultivate their vines with passion. Deny began working on the field since his youth. Cyril, after university studies in economics, chose to settle on the family's land alongside his father.
After multiple acquisitions, the vineyard stretches over 65 hectares of vines. Château Tour Saint Germain is located three kilometers from Blaye's "Citadel of Bordeaux" and the Gironde Estuary on Berson and Plassac.
As winegrowers since 1800, Noël has family passionately cultivated his vines. Today Deny Noël and his son, Cyril, manage the estate. The "Château Tour Saint Germain" is located in the north of Bordeaux, in Berson, three kilometers from Blaye "Citadel of Bordeaux Wines" and the estuary of the Gironde.
For a Bordeaux-style take on a traditional dish, try lamb burgers with cilantro and a dollap of sour cream. This Bordeaux also pairs beautifully with pasta night (or pizza night, for that matter).